Anti-Spoofing Bill Would Protect Caller ID

Apr 28, 2007

The "PHONE" act, now working its way through Congress, would prevent faking caller ID data for malice or profit.

As Washington Post blogger Brian Krebs points out, caller ID spoofing is currently legal, and has been used for a variety of untoward purposes.

But here comes Congress to the rescue with the "Preventing Harassment through Outbound Number Enforcement (PHONE) Act of 2007." The bill has passed the house and come out of committee in the Senate and is awaiting a vote by that body.

An earlier attempt last year to fill this security hole failed to make it all the way. There were definite problems with that law , such as not addressing the problem of calls from abroad.

The PHONE act would not ban all spoofing, just that done with the intent to defraud or impersonate another without their consent. This would seem to excuse, for example, large corporations that call from India but use their main US phone number for the caller ID. There is also an exception for law enforcement.

Copyright 2007 by Ziff Davis Media, Distributed by United Press International

Explore further: What if our children are the screen-obsessed couch potatoes of the future?

Related Stories

Navy admiral relays concerns about NSA changes

Mar 11, 2014

If the U.S. government turns over the bulk collection of telephone data to an independent third party, higher costs and delays in identifying potential threats could result, the Navy admiral nominated to be the next head ...

Pakistan axes 'immoral' cell phone love chat

Sep 13, 2013

Pakistan has cracked down on "immoral" love chat services offered by mobile phone companies, stifling hopes of illicit romance in the conservative Muslim country where dating is frowned upon.

NSA chief talks at hackers' conference in Vegas (Update)

Jul 31, 2013

The head of the U.S. National Security Agency defended the government's much-criticized surveillance program against hecklers among a crowd of computer systems analysts Wednesday, but also had a challenge ...

US spy chief: Plot against Wall Street foiled

Jun 18, 2013

The U.S. foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said Tuesday at a rare ...

Recommended for you

Amazon says FAA drone approval already obsolete

Mar 27, 2015

The approval federal aviation officials gave Amazon.com last week to test a specific drone design outdoors is already outdated, the company's top policy executive said Tuesday in written testimony to a Senate subcommittee.

Special ops troops using flawed intel software

Mar 26, 2015

Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house ...

Amazon says US too late on drone rules

Mar 24, 2015

Online giant Amazon told Congress on Tuesday the US government is lagging in implementing rules for commercial drones, making it hard to make plans for its quick delivery system by air.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.